Projections of 200 million climate migrants by 2050 seemed overwhelming when this was first released in 1990, but today this figure already seems quite conservative. In the coming decades, millions or even billions of people will be displaced and forced to migrate because of the climate crisis, many times more in the global south than in the global north. What is particularly striking is that it is no longer just the poor regions of the world where the climate crisis and displacement go hand in hand. Seven of the ten countries most affected by climate risks in 2018 are from the developing world, although three developed countries have also made it to the list. This again proves that climate change knows no borders, although it has differentiated impacts based on economic development, gender, race, and other considerations.
Migration as a survival strategy in the face of displacement comes with its own risks and challenges. People who are displaced and forced to migrate are usually already vulnerable and with limited options, capacities and resources to enable a life in dignity especially after being displaced. Climate and environmental migrants often fall through the cracks of international refugee and immigration policy. This presents gaps and challenges that must be addressed to ensure climate migrants are not ‚left behind‘.
Link to the Event:
Meeting-ID: 834 4031 2244
About the speaker:
Tetet Lauron is based in the Philippines, where she works as an advisor for the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s International Politics Unit. Also she is known as a major climate activist.